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Alaska is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the Northern Hemisphere and Alaskan cruising holidays offer travellers from all over the world the chance to get up close and personal with glistening glaciers, striking woodlands, incredible wildlife and towering mountain scenery. If you’ve got your heart set on an Alaskan tour or journey, an Alaskan cruise is a breathtaking way to explore this country’s coastal wonders. Here’s our pick of the top sights and wonders you can expect to see:
1. Humpback Whales
Humpback Whales are extremely common in Alaska and are a must-see for anyone on an Alaskan tour. The best way to see the humpbacks is to book a cruise that also offers short whale tours by boat; this will give you the opportunity to leave the cruise ship on a smaller boat and really get intimate with these amazing creatures.
2. Glacier Bay
One of the most visually stunning sights in Alaska, the Glacier Bay Basin draws hundreds of Alaskan cruise tourists each year. Cruises will generally spend a good day in Glacier Bay and sights include huge, mile-long tidewater glaciers, gorgeous mountains and wildlife including whales, grizzly bears, harbor seals, puffins and eagles.
3. Alaska’s National Parks
Aside from Glacier Bay, Alaska also has a range of National Parks, including Denali, Wrangell St. Elias and Kenai Fjords. Many feel that Kenai Fjords is the must-see and is a remarkable meeting of ice, oceans and mountains – and most Alaskan cruises will sail here. Popular sights and destinations here include Resurrection Bay, Fox Island, Exit Glacier and the Harding Icefield.
4. The Northern Lights
Nothing is more spectacular on an Alaskan tour than getting to see the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights. This incredible, natural phenomenon of light is best viewable from the Fairbanks/Coldfoot or Anchorage areas and many travellers will often have the opportunity to see the lights while sailing. While the midst of winter is the best time for viewing, May, September and October also offer ideal times to see the phenomena on a clear night.
Where to Embark for an Alaskan Cruise?
Alaskan cruises can often be coupled with Canadian or North American cruises and tours and usually embark from cities like Vancouver, Seattle or San Francisco or from Anchorage and Seward in Alaska itself. If you need to take a flight first but don’t want to rush, shop around for packages that include a hotel stay and free transfers in your cruise departure city.
If you’re hoping to make the most of Alaska’s beautiful wonders and enticing wildlife, why not let Travellers Choice organise an Alaskan cruise trip for you? Our services include bookings for flights, cruises, transfers and accommodation.